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Border History Museum

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Address: Hexham House Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
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+44 1434 652349

This museum features relics from medieval Britain.

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Interesting local history

Well laid out and lots to look at in a fairly small area - interesting but not overpowering! The staff very friendly and informative, which added real value to the visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 24, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Well laid out and lots to look at in a fairly small area - interesting but not overpowering! The staff very friendly and informative, which added real value to the visit.

Thank MuzzleTurkey
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Small museum set in the Old Gaol (the first purpose built gaol in Britain). It describes how hard life must have been in the boarder country in the past. Some good things for children to do. Take about one hour to visit.

Thank Dave B
Ghajnsielem, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This has to be one of the best kept little museums I have ever visited. It is well laid-out and there are things for children to do to keep them amused. There is sufficient information available to give you a real feel of the reivers - even to the extent of dressing like one.

1 Thank JulieSh_11
Colchester, United Kingdom
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182 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Very friendly and informative staff and an interesting place to visit for an hour our so. Some interesting displays of local history. A good place to visit if you are in the town.

Thank Hemmo1968
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

A well organised and comfortable visit to a place with an uncomfortable past. Reminds us of the terror of anarchy.

Thank Grumpigrandpa
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Hexham Old Gaol. Staff are helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Many of the exhibits are interactive which is great for the children although the main attraction was the dungeon. Dogs are also welcome at this attraction which is an added bonus if you are travelling with your four legged friend. Value for money and... More 

1 Thank sparklywater
Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Staff again polite and friendly good use of modern display techniques good accurate historic details

1 Thank fozzybear65
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

Was looking forward to visiting as had read some good reviews. It seemed more geared to children rather than adults and most of the displays were dumbed down.

1 Thank Minkymonkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

It was built in 1330, and now has a great museum. Great display of showing the culture of the border people (Scotland and England), as well as objects of local history. Also has some fun customs and hands on exhibits for kids.

Thank Owenthomas
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

The museum offers an interesting insight into life in the Border Regions hundreds of years ago. there is also displays giving the history of the building which was the first purpose built jail in the country. Plenty of stuff to keep kids interested as well

Thank geordie9Kent

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